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Interview with Author Max Vos

I really wanted to title this “Interview with a Vampire-Leprechaun” since it’s St. Patty’s weekend and both vampires and leprechauns come up in this interview.  But, alas, I didn’t actually interview a vampire-leprechaun.  Sound’s both exciting and dangerous–I’d be all trying to get his gold and he’d be all trying to suck my blood, meanwhile, there’d be the interview.  It could be anyone’s game.

Okay, enough with the bloody shenanigans.  I did, in fact, interview M/M erotica/erotic romance author, Max Vos.  It was a good time (maybe not vampire-leprechaun good, but I don’t want that comparison to diminish the experience).  Max was sweet enough to put up with my silliness, and for that, I thank him.

Ready.  Set.  Go!

So, Max, I hear you wrote a vampire novel that isn’t your average blood-sucking yarn.  Wanna tell us a bit about that and what makes it different?

I did. I did it on a dare actually. I wrote it during NaNoWriMo. I had a really difficult time in getting it started. The vampire thing has been so overdone and I didn’t want to do the same ol’ same ol’, ya know? So I basically wrote the whole thing in less than three weeks. Once I got started, and knew where it was going, it almost wrote itself.

This story doesn’t really focus on the vampire aspect, but on the plot of the story. It just so happens that there is an entire platoon of vampire Marines. And who doesn’t love a hot and hunky Marine? I guess that is what makes it different.

Is there a particular author or book that first turned you on to writing gay erotic romance?  Who or what was it? 

What got me started writing was a now dear friend, Susan. She hit me up on a social site wanting to know about M/M relationships and how a Dom/sub relationship works between men. We got to be quite close while she was writing her book in this genre. She then sent me a few M/M erotic romance books, and I was hooked. She talked me into writing a few stories. The first story I wrote got published, which shocked the hell out of me.

I had also read Josh Lanyon’s book on how to write M/M erotic books, which helped a lot. I mean, I hadn’t done any type of creative writing since I was in high school. I was pretty much forced to retire, (I was a Chef) when my feet became so bad I couldn’t stand for the hours needed, so I was really looking for something to do. Now I love it and can’t seem to stop writing.

How would you describe your writing style?

How would I know? LOL I will have to answer that by saying what others have said about my style I guess. Hard hitting, gritty, emotional, extremely graphic. I hold nothing back as to how real gay men have sex.

Are there sub-genres or themes that tend to pop up frequently in your work (paranormal, contemporary, sci-fi, horror)?  If so, what are they? 

Well, the only Paranormal book I’ve written is the Vamp book, “The V-Unit.” I do have a tendency to write about Marines. I have to admit, I do have a thing about them. Although a lot of my short stories have chefs or cooking in them. I have three stories in print with Ravenous Romance, and two of them have something to do with cooking.

The first was “Cooking English”, which is in “My First Threesome.” The other one, just released last month was “Hot Peppers” published in “Snowed In.” I was asked to do another ménage story, so I did a follow-up with “Hot Peppers.” Don’t have a publishing date on that one yet. The other published one was about geeks, so I put a fireman and a hot geek together. I have to admit, I kind of knew the geek in real life, and he is very true to form. LOL

Let’s say you were abducted by aliens.  Why did they choose you and why did they consequently let you go? 

Oh hell, what a question. Hmmm, okay…they chose me because I can cook a mean Beouf Bourguignon (French Beef Stew).

They let me go because I’m a royal pain in the ass, and stubborn as a mule.

While you’re writing/planning—music or no music?  If music, what kind?

Ahhh, I get up early, because I’ve been getting up early for so many years I can’t help it. So first thing is I turn on the news, and have it going on the background. I normally turn it off at nine in the morning, and then it is music the rest of the day. Classical all the way. I have a pension for Chopin. United Kingdom radio is my go to station on the computer.

When it comes to choosing a love interest, what are your three must-haves that start with the letter S.  What are your three absolute turn offs (I’ll be nice and let them start with any letter). 

Oh how awfully kind of you, LOL. Let’s see…the letter S.

How about SEXY.

Smoldering eyes. For me eyes are very important. They say so much about a person.

Shapely ass. How’s that. A man should have a great ass. LOL

Now for the peeves or turn offs. The first one would have to be shaving. A real man doesn’t shave his pubes into the shape of a heart. TOTAL turn off.

Trimming of chest hair. If you have it, flaunt it. I like a furry man personally, and that is a huge turn off to be all manscaped.

Bad breath. Nothing worse than to lean into a hot man and have stank breath hit you in the face.

Oh, I hear ya there!  You’re talking to the girl who brushes the enamel off her teeth.  Bad oral hygiene makes me insane.  Now I’ve got the old Close Up toothpaste theme song stuck in my head.

What’s the meanest thing you ever did to one of your characters? 

I killed his ass. He was a sweet and innocent kid from the Midwest, but he just had to go. LOL

Sweet and innocent, huh?  Sounds like he was asking for it.

You have a story in “Geek Lust.”  Can you give us a quick teaser for that short story? 

“Geek Lust” was fun to write. As I think I said, I knew the geek from years ago.

Here’s a little bit of “Geek on Fire.” –

Eric thought it was cute the way Al kept trying to avert his eyes away from his own pointy nipples, sticking out from his t-shirt. Damn, he was so adorable, Eric thought.

Without thinking, Eric pulled Al into his arms and pressed his lips to the other mans. Caught off guard, Al’s mouth opened from shock, allowing Eric full access to the other man’s warm, moist orifice.

Al seemed to protest after the initial shock wore off, but quickly gave in, as the kiss hastily turned passionate. Eric’s tongue reached for Al’s tonsils, plunging repeatedly towards the back his throat. The longer the kiss lasted, the more Al relaxed into Eric’s body.

Tell us a little about your latest release or project.  Where can we find it? 

Well, I love doing shorts. I think they are fun, and a quick and easy read in this hectic and busy time for everyone. Another author, CR Guiliano, and I are each doing a St. Patty’s Day-themed story. We each are going to post them for free on our own blogs. It is the age old question of how different women write M/M fiction than men. Josh Lanyon has hit upon this several times, so we are going to put it to the test. Even though we both write in this genre, I think we have totally different styles. I look forward to how our readers will respond.

Both are sexy and fun. I hope everyone will leave a comment.

I can’t wait to check them out!  

Okay, it’s pimpin’ time:

www.Max-Vos.blogspot.com – blog of course

MaxVos@ymail.com – IM’s encouraged.

Max Vos on Facebook

Max, thanks so much for coming to play in my sandbox!  Don’t take any wooden shillelaghs from any vampire-leprechauns–they’re a crafty bunch, I tell ya.

I raise my green beer to you, Sir, and look forward to seeing you around!

-Kimber


Interview with Ravon Silvius and Giveaway!

Today I welcome M/M erotic romance author Ravon Silvius to my blog.  We’ve got a fun interview in store for you, and the opportunity to win a PDF of Ravon’s latest release, “Remembrance.”

Comment at the end for one chance to win.  To throw your hat in the ring twice, follow my blog (shameless, I know), and for a third chance, pop over to Ravon’s blog and subscribe.  Finally, tweet this post and you can qualify four freakin’ times!  That’s gold!  I’ll collect all the votes and draw a random winner on Saturday, March 16th.  May the luck of the Irish be with you!  Ravon will contact the winner, so don’t forget to leave an e-mail address with your comment (in the blah blah at whatever dot com format–damn spambots).  Feel free to tell me which ways you are qualifying so I don’t hurt my wee little brain with all the counting. 🙂

Since I can’t win, I’m going to have to buy this one, because it sounds right up my alley.  Smokin’ hot sci-fi guys!  Yum.

Now, on with the show!

Hi, Ravon!  Great to have you here.  Let’s get right into it, shall we?  Screw the foreplay!  Do you have a character you’ve written who you most strongly identify with?  Who and why?

Ooh, tough question! I often write characters who I’d like to be, not who I actually am, but let me think…

I think I relate to both Nick and Julian, from Alpha, which was my first novel. I see some of my ambition in Nick, and I see a lot of my uncertainties in Julian.  I want to do great things and go places, but I always second guess if I’m good enough.

What got you interested in writing M/M?

I can honestly say that it was yaoi manga that first got me into the genre. I hadn’t realized there was fiction out there that had gay characters, and I began devouring it as soon as I found it. That also led me to find slash fiction for anime and video game characters, which I read and enjoyed. That was back in high school. I’ve mostly grown out of yaoi, but once I got to college and got my Kindle, I found M/M.

Writing it came along with reading it, with one minor caveat. My very first novel, written before I graduated high school, was the WaterLord Trilogy, which I always intended to contain gay characters. A lot of people told me it would never sell, though, so I focused on other things until I realized how popular M/M was. I began writing more M/M, and soon enough I started going for publication. Then I realized I could take my old story, improve it, and finally share it. So in a way, it came full circle.

You write a lot of high fantasy and science fiction.  What authors/books inspired your love for those genres?

I always loved fantasy and sci fi, even as a child, when I mostly read animal fantasy such as Tad William’s excellent TailChaser’s Song. I got into high fantasy when I read the Wheel of Time series, which to this day is my favorite series of all time, warts and all. As for science fiction, I can’t think of a series that influenced my love for it early on, but there are plenty of science fiction authors out there now, including John Scalzi, who I really enjoy. A lot of my sci fi explores themes that I don’t see often in mainstream sci fi, though.

What is your writing process like?  Are you a planner?  Pantster?  What is your favorite writing tool or tip?

I’m definitely a pantser, although I tend to have the ending of the story in my head at the very least. Of course, it doesn’t always turn out the way I intended.

My favorite piece of writing advice? Hmm…I can’t think of one that is more helpful than any other. It took me a long time to write well, and I’m still improving. But I think one piece of advice that helped me is to remember that my first draft is never as good as I think it is. It’s always good to step back from your writing for a while after finishing and edit it later. You’ll find many more mistakes that way.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

42!

I see you are privy to the top secret woodchuck information [Ravon and Kimber do the woodchuck handshake complete with buck-teeth chattering].

Do you believe in Happily Ever Afters in real life?  Why or why not?

I don’t think Happily Ever After in the fantasy sense is realistic. A story is never truly over, and no matter how romantic and wonderful a romance is, there will always be the annoyances and fights and challenges down the road. But a slow, quiet life together, taking the challenges as they go? Sure, that can happen. A true loving relationship is measured at the end, not the beginning. Real romance is an elderly couple walking slowly down the road without even realizing they are walking in perfect sync with each other. 

Who are your favorite M/M authors right now and why?

Hmm…I tend to have favorite books, not favorite authors, but I’ve loved a lot of what Mark Alders has written. Mark writes a lot of science fiction, which is less common than other things in M/M. Also, I loved Outcast Mine by Jamie Craig.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what one book, one CD, and one type of food would you choose to have with you?

Food is easy-chocolate. As for book, probably something long, as I read fast. Maybe Andrew Ashling’s Dark Tales of Randamor the Recluse? They’re long and complex. And CD…I’m easy with music. I have the ability to like anything if I listen to it enough times, so probably just a CD of the top music on the charts or something.

 If you were conducting this interview, what question would you want to ask yourself and how would you answer it?

Yikes, the hardest question yet! 😛 Hmm…I’d ask what kind of themes I go for in my writing and how I got the ideas for my stories. And now I get to talk about my books!

For Perils of Forgotten Pain and Remembrance, I wanted to explore the concept of a cyborg. In a lot of sci fi, cyborgs are present, but they are the faceless enemy, or a way to show lots of explosions and ridiculous battles. I wanted to see how changing the human body would affect someone, and in Perils, how changing memories could affect someone. Herman and Aldric, the main characters in Perils and Remembrance, are some of the most complex characters I’ve come up with.

For Alpha, I wanted to explore social inequality. Even today, access to good schools, tutors, and high economic standing has a huge effect on life success. I took that to an extreme with the idea of an intelligence increasing machine that only the rich have access too, creating a giant social gulf where intelligence is the only thing that matters.

As for the Waterlord Trilogy, like I said above, it was my first novel. I wanted to write a pure fantasy, and it also addresses the idea of the outcast, since the main character is a water mage driven out of a society ruled by fire mages.  

Please give us a two-hundred word teaser from your latest release, as well as the tag line for your book. J

I’ll share a bit of Remembrance with you.

The world is ending, but love can remain.

The war is over. The majority of humanity has fled the dying planet to live in space, leaving behind a chemical called Overgrowth that will speed up the restoration of the war torn world.

But some were left behind, and not all by choice. A chapter of humanity is coming to an end. Aldric, a soldier who thought he had nothing left, finds a city that is struggling to hang on to life despite predations by desperate killers. There he meets Daniel, a historian who sees potential even in destruction. Aldric agrees to help Daniel with his project to catalogue what will be the end of civilization on Earth for nearly a thousand years. In doing so, he may even find love, but only if Daniel can put aside his own past and accept Aldric’s feelings.

If that sounds interesting to you, leave a comment on the blog! I will select one person at random and send them a free PDF copy of Remembrance!

For more of my work, you can check out my blog here!  Don’t forget to follow for an extra chance to win!  

I have lots of books, and a free read that is ongoing right now. If you want a free New Adult M/M story with a dash of fantasy fun, check out Freshmen Blues on my blog. The first chapter is already up!

For direct links to buy my books, check out my author page at Extasy here.

Thanks so much for stopping over to chat, Ravon!  I look forward to checking out your work!

Thank you so much for having me! J


Where the Hell Have You Been?

I’d like to say that I was travelling, backpacking across Europe and didn’t have one of those plug converter thingies.  Or that I was abducted by aliens and just returned from the probing of a lifetime.  Or even that I was called to the bedside of a rich and ailing great-aunt to be told that if I nurse her for her last two weeks of life, I would receive her entire inheritance.  And now I’m rich and trying to drown the horror of the last fortnight in a vat of gin.

Alas, I’ve still only ever been to Germany and that was thirteen years ago, my ass feels just fine, and all of my middle-class relatives are alive and kicking.  Sadly, I also don’t have a “vat” of gin.

So, what the fuck have I been doing lately that I’ve shirked my blogging duties so tremendously?  Ehhhh…

Well, lets start with the writing.  I found out recently that my novelette-sized M/M erotica called ‘Bound by Ink’ was accepted by Storm Moon Press for their “Written in Flesh” anthology.  I am so stoked about this as it’s a double milestone for me.  It’s my first gay erotica that will be published and my first longer story that, after it spends a year wedged in what is sure to be a delightfully steamy book about tattooed men getting busy, it will be released solo as an e-book.  So, only my name on the cover.  Did you get that?  Only my name on the cover.  I actually just repeated that for myself because those words are almost better than sex.  Almost.  Yippee ki-yay motherfather.

I’ve also been working on a full length gay romantica novel.  Currently in the 26K department (with a 40k goal) and a little stalled because I forced myself to do my fourth read-through of my 40K hetero alien erotica and send to beta readers.  I’m sorta stuck on a name for this one, but we’ll call it “The Star Catcher” for now and maybe I’ll run some sort of naming poll or contest.  I love the name “Sextraterrestrial,” but don’t think I can be taken seriously with such a title.  Because, otherwise, I can be taken seriously, of course.

Gee, that contest thing is a swell idea, Beav!  I’d love to do some t-shirt giveaways.  If only I had some t-shirts.

What else?  Well, my horror persona has a recent anthology release and a blog tour (sometimes I feel like a cheating spouse, bouncing between blogs like a horny housewife when her husband’s away).  That little minx has another antho release set for mid June and a couple of deadlines to get some short stories finished and sent.  She is also working on a horror novel…very…very…slowly.  But, whenever she gets it all worked out and written, boy-ola is it gonna kick ass.  Maybe.  And no zombies, this time.

And finally, the kids are wrapping up school and there are final projects and performances and baking and meetings for Sunday School teachers and bible camp helpers (if this makes you laugh, go ahead and join me in the mirth.  I, too, can see the irony).

And I babysat Satan yesterday, but I’ll keep that story in my front pocket and smoke it when the urge strikes me.  Suffice it to say, everyone is alive and well and I plan to never again fall prey to that bit of neighborly niceness.  Asshat.


Girls Who Write Boys Who Dig Boys Who Like Girls

You know the tune to sing to that, right?

If not, here you go.  Thank me later for the incredible ear worm.

Our talk today is about–you guessed it, girls who write boys who dig boys.  Don’t be discombobulated by my sketchy title.

Recently, I wrote a short gay erotica after reading some of the same.  For one, I like to flex my writing muscle, try new things, all that jazz.  My mom asked me, “How would you even know how to write that?”

Yeah, that’s right; I told my mom I was writing gay smut.  She’s my mom.  She has to love me no matter how far off the charts I go.  Besides, it’s just fun to see what she says.  If she wants to spend more time with her bible-thumping daughter, she’s entitled, but so far my writing proclivities haven’t boomeranged her in that direction.

Anyway, I didn’t tell her that I’ve done all the shit I write about; therefore, it’s really not too tough to write about.  Shock her, yes.  Give her a heart attack with confessions about blow jobs and anal sex—no.  Even I have my boundaries.

But, really, is it a huge stretch to imagine what two hot gay guys might get up to with a tube of lube and all the time in the world?  Nope.  In fact, a large percentage of M/M erotica authors are women.  Yes, men write it too, but the chicks are well represented.  And why not?

Is there some rule that non-lawyers can’t write a legal thriller?  Those without a medical background are incapable of producing the next Patricia Cornwell-esque novel?  Non-pet owners shouldn’t write characters who own dogs?As anything, you must do your homework.  The old adage, “write what you know” applies to an extent; in that, if you don’t know, you better find out.  Research–online, real live books, ask friends, whatever.  I wish I had a close gay friend so I could pick his brain.  And ask him for fashion advice.  But I don’t—yet.  So for now, I’ll stick to reading what others have written, trolling forums, and watching porn.

I’ll also keep DVR-ing Dr. G for when I get around to my autopsy mystery masterpiece.  You never know.

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Not to deviate too much from my topic, I also wanted to address the believability of females writing male characters and vice versa.  I read a blog post a little while back in which a woman was bashing a male author who had written from a female character’s POV.  Her beef was that he, apparently, did not have the slightest idea how women talk, think, behave, etc.  I did not read the original, so can’t weigh in on it.  I do, however, write horror on occasion, and I wonder if men generally shy away from female horror authors?  Also, do they dislike reading fiction with a female main character and/or dislike when women authors write from a male POV?

Just some thoughts, and if anyone has theories on this, lay it on me.  I am stone-cold curious.

Discuss. 

On a side note, I’m so glad they are letting that big ole lobster go free.  The guy that eats that bad boy would probably die immediatly of mercury poisoning anyway.  Bury ‘im with the plastic bib still on and melted butter running out of his nose.


Sirens Call Publications’ Horror E-zine just out…

http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/ezine.htm

And the first issue is up for grabs–gratis–for a limited time!  Check out some fun new voices in horror, excellent chilling photography, and insight into the writing/publishing/editing world all for free!

My bizarro flash fiction ‘Mental Floss’ was graciously included in this zine so go snap up your download before the lovely ladies at Sirens Call change their minds!


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